RED BANK: A NEIGHBOR’S 9/11 STORY

John Grandits’ account of his neighbor’s escape from the World Trade Center is for sale at River Road Books for $1, with proceeds going to volunteer fire and first aid. Below, Drew Irving. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Red Bank resident and children’s author John Grandits could see his neighbor Louise Irving in an agitated state on her back porch, her sister’s arms wrapped around her.

Then he learned what was happening in New York City, and immediately remembered: Louise’s husband, Drew, worked at the World Trade Center.

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RED BANK: CARRYING THE FLAG TO REMEMBER

red bank mark otto 091119Red Bank resident Mark Otto nears the end of an 11-mile hike from Mount Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands Wednesday morning while carrying an American flag bearing the names of all those who died in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

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RED BANK: OPEN DOORS AT STEPHY’S PLACE

Stephy's PlaceLeft to right:  Red Bank Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Freeholder John Curley, Stephy’s Place Director Sheila Martello and Congressman Chris Smith cut the ribbon on the new Stephy’s Place meeting space. (Photo by Ken Feldman)

Press release from Stephy’s Place

Stephy’s Place, a Red Bank-based, non-profit organization that offers free support groups for people who are coping with issues of grief and loss, held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 9.  Stephy’s Place Director Sheila Martello was joined for the special occasion by U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, State Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley, and Red Bank Councilwoman Linda Schwabenauer.

Believing that anyone who has suffered the loss of a love one should not have to navigate the journey alone, Stephy’s Place currently offers ten peer support groups, facilitated by an experienced moderator and all free of charge. Already welcoming participants are groups that deal with the loss of a spouse, loss of a parent, loss of a child, loss from suicide, loss from addiction, general loss, and a divorce support group. New groups are forming now for families who have experienced miscarriages, and caregivers of a terminally ill loved one. Monthly meditation groups are also offered.

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TINTON FALLS: A SPECIAL SERVICE FOR 9-11

RabbiKlineRabbi Marc Kline of Monmouth Reform Temple (at left, with torah) recently joined 150 Reform Rabbis and the national NAACP in a 40 day, 860 mile march from Selma, AL to Washington, DC. Tracing the route of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 march on its 50th anniversary, “America’s Journey For Justice”  was designed to “take a stand against the bigotry that proliferates” and “the segregation that…currently rears its ugly head unabashed in our country.” Rabbi Kline, who led the 2000 march that resulted in the Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina Statehouse dome, will lead a special “visual Shabbat” service at MRT on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

Press release from Monmouth Reform Temple

In remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001,  invites all members of the community to a special visual Shabbat service on the fourteenth anniversary of that day — an opportunity to “come to reflect, come to remember, come for feeling and wholeness.”

Scheduled for 7 pm inside the Temple at 332 Hance Avenue, the contemplative service (which “may not be appropriate for children under 13”) is part of MRT’s “Seeds of Spirituality: A Visual Approach to Prayer” series; a ritual offering that “allows the worshipper to experience beautiful visual imagery directly connected to Shabbat prayers, enhanced by evocative musical settings of our prayer text,” in the words of Cantor Gabrielle Clissold.

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